The leadership of IMATU and SAMWU met on 5 August 2011 to discuss the ongoing wage dispute with SALGA and its 283 constituent municipalities.
The wage dispute deadlocked on 2 August 2011 when the trade unions and the employer rejected a settlement proposal made by the conciliator.
IMATU’s leadership is currently in consultation with its membership, Regional and National structures to determine the way forward.
“At this stage a strike cannot be ruled out”, said IMATU’s General Secretary, Johan Koen.
“IMATU does not take decisions to strike lightly”, said IMATU’s President, Stanley Khoza. Khoza re-iterated that a final decision on IMATU’s intended action will be taken during the next few days.
SALGA is offering an across the board increase of 6,08%. “This offer is seen as an insult to workers, considering wage settlements reached in other sectors and the increases in the price of electricity, fuel, etc”, said Koen.